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KI4HNG
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« on: August 16, 2008, 12:07:45 AM »

I recently purchased a ft-817. Can anyone tell me of qrp nets? Also, a good website for accessories and portable antennas? Thanks
KI4HNG
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W5FYI
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2008, 10:18:40 AM »

I don't know that there are many QRP nets that are effective from throughout the country, but regional groups are sometimes active (The Flying Pigs QRP Club, the Arizona SQRPions, the Michigan QRP Club, the Four States QRP Club, etc) and QRPers are quite active in contests and ragchewing, with typical hangouts at 1810, 3560, 7030, 7040, 14060, 21060, and 28060 kHz for c.w. and 3985, 7285, 14285, 21385 and 28885 kHz on SSB.

A good place to look for schedules is on the Yahoo QRP-L group (http://mailman.qth.net/mmfaq.htm), or to find a link at one of the national or international QRP clubs (www.qrparci.org, www.njqrp.org, www.norcalqrp.org, www.gqrp.com, just to name a few). The QRP Amateur Radio Club International also publishes an outstanding magazine for devoted to this activity, and all of the above links will link to other QRP organizations around the world. The also link to good antenna and accessory sites as well.

In fact, the Silent Key QRP Sprint is going on right now (Aug 16, 1500-1800Z) on the c.w. frequencies listed above. Good luck.

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W5ESE
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008, 10:22:20 AM »

> I recently purchased a ft-817. Can anyone tell me
> of qrp nets?

I don't know if these are still active, but the North
Georgia QRP club (Atlanta area) had a net:

http://www.nogaqrp.org/

NoGaQRP Activity Fun Nights
Club members meet for chatting, testing rigs, and
HAVING FUN:

Tuesday night we have the cw qrp net. Between 9:00
and 9:30 PM Eastern on or about 3577 KC. Join us
and try out that rig.  If you don't have a QRP
rig, call us with your KW or what-have-you. But
try to turn off all the power you can and HV FN.!!
(Sometimes the NCS doesn't even make it but
check anyway).  This is a slow speed net.  Whom
ever is NCS will normally slow down to the
slowest check in speed.

and in North Carolina, the KnightLites had a
net:

http://www.knightlites.org/roundtable/index.htm

Attention: The KnightLites are now meeting on 3575
kHz

Our Knights formed an early alliance to converg on
3575 kHz Sunday evenings around 9:00 pm (Eastern
local time), and the Roundtable theme casts a
mideaval ambiance in the global spirit of kindred
fellowship and comaradaree.

Alot of the guys with FT-817's are active in the
HFPACK group, particularly if they're primarily
SSB ops:

http://hfpack.com/

A similar, but more CW-centric group (which I'm
more active in), is the Adventure Radio Society:

http://arsqrp.pbwiki.com/

Hope this helps
73
Scott
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M0JHA
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 03:32:02 AM »

Hello,
      All i can say re antennas is use a good one. dont be fooled with 3 foot take anywhere jobs. A quick and simple one is the good ol dipole for whatever band your using. quick,simple,cheap and efficient.

use a miracle whip or similar if you want to sit all night shouting to yourself.

billy uk
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